July 1, 2022

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Orange and Engie be part of forces to transform the Groupement Orange Providers, Orange’s primary information middle in Africa, to solar energy

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The GOS (Groupement Orange Providers) is a resource-pooling entity for the 18 Orange Center East and Africa (OMEA) subsidiaries, which offers pooled internet hosting and infrastructure operation providers, service platforms and IT to all of the subsidiaries.

The info middle was inbuilt 2016 in Grand Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire, on a web site protecting 16,600 m². It hosts IT and telecommunication tools, which assist the providers supplied by the GOS to all OMEA subsidiaries.

The GOS is without doubt one of the parts of the Orange information middle community in Africa, which has Uptime Institute Tier 3 certification design, consolidating Orange’s place as a key participant within the sub-region’s financial ecosystem. It helps to advance digital equality by supporting States to develop agricultural, instructional, and healthcare providers and fosters entrepreneurship and native innovation.

In December 2021, Orange signed an EaaS (Vitality as a Service) contract with Engie to transform the GOS to solar energy by putting in a photo voltaic plant on rooftops and photo voltaic carports, for a complete put in capability of 355 kWp, to scale back its environmental footprint, reduce the share of economic electrical energy from non-renewable sources and keep away from utilizing gasoline turbines (fossil vitality that emits CO2). The commissioning is scheduled for the second half of 2022.

This plant will probably be made up of 784 latest-generation photovoltaic cells and can present the information middle with an estimated 527 MWh/yr of renewable vitality. Its structure was designed to work 7 days per week in self-consumption mode, i.e. the information middle will immediately use the vitality as it’s produced by the Solar (in the course of the day). This can cowl near 60% of the information middle’s daytime (7 am – 6 pm) consumption.

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The initiative to transform the GOS to solar energy is in line with the plan adopted by the Authorities of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, which goals to make the nation the sub-region’s vitality hub by 2030 with 42% of renewables within the vitality combine (see Nationwide Renewable Vitality Motion Plan – PANER 2016-2020/2030).

Alioune Ndiaye, Chairman and CEO of Orange Center East and Africa says: “This venture is a primary in West Africa for Orange by way of its measurement and scope and it completely illustrates our ambition to hurry up our photo voltaic tasks with a view to obtain web zero carbon by 2040. In the remainder of Africa and the Center East we’ve got already carried out a number of initiatives, as equipping 5,400 telecoms websites by photo voltaic panels and constructing photo voltaic farms in Jordan and Mali. We intend to go additional.”

Armand Seya, CEO of ENGIE Providers West Africa says: “Engie Africa is energetic in electrical energy manufacturing, vitality providers and decentralized options for off-grid clients throughout the continent. We’re proud to assist the GOS (Groupement Orange Providers) in its vitality transition having ensured the multi-technical upkeep of the Knowledge Heart since 2019 and now with the implementation of this photo voltaic plant.”

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